Sánchez launches Avanza, a PSOE think tank, to combat far-right discourse and hoaxes

Sánchez launches Avanza, a PSOE think tank, to combat far-right discourse and hoaxes
Sánchez launches Avanza, a PSOE think tank, to combat far-right discourse and hoaxes


The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, participated this Wednesday in the launch of the Avanza Foundation, a think tank that aims to be a reference point for the PSOE with the aim of combating far-right discourse and hoaxes.

At an event attended by the party’s top brass, including several ministers and regional general secretaries, the PSOE’s general secretary also pointed out that Avanza will provide knowledge and analysis on complex issues and “will contribute to dismantling narratives based on hoaxes and falsehoods.”

In this sense, he has welcomed the fact that one of his fields of work is the risks that disinformation poses to the survival of democracy, as previously explained by the president of this new think tank, Manuel Escudero.

Sánchez also points out that Avanza will be an “open space” for all progressive ideas and aims to go beyond the scope of the PSOE in contrast to “other closed think tanks with pre-established ideas.”

Sources in the PSOE point out that this foundation aims to be the main think tank of the PSOE, ahead of other historical foundations such as the Alternativas or Pablo Iglesias foundations, so that it plays a role similar to that of FAES in the Popular Party.

Sánchez stressed that at this time the “progressives” do not have answers to deal with the advance of the far right and therefore need “recipes” to be able to deal with the “lies” that in his opinion the far right is spreading in an “impudently” manner.


Along the same lines, Escudero explains that one of Avanza’s objectives is to “start an ideological rearmament offensive against the new thinking of the extreme right” and the “contamination” it exerts on the traditional political right.

In this sense, he points out that he inherits the currents of social democratic consensus that were born in the second half of the 20th century and that fought against neoliberalism, but he stresses that today they have to start an “intellectual offensive” against the “reactionary, libertarian, populist and post-democratic” ideology that aims to “dismantle” the rule of law.

He also believes that they have to fight “against the redefinition of the sacred value of freedom” that he believes has been appropriated by the far right in recent years.


Regarding disinformation, he said that Avanza is going to produce a study on the situation in Spain regarding this phenomenon, which it considers to be the spearhead of the “rise of post-democratic populism” in order to try to eradicate it.

According to him, they are already working on this report that aims to contribute to the package of democratic regeneration that Pedro Sánchez will present on July 17 in the Congress of Deputies, which will include measures that will affect the media.

He has indicated that this will be his “modest contribution to the democratic regeneration effort that the President of the Government is promoting.”


Escudero will be accompanied by a board of trustees made up of the former president of the Congress of Deputies, Meritxell Batet; the director of the Cervantes Institute, Luis García Montero; the president of the Higher Centre for Scientific Research, Eloisa del Pino; and the socialist MEP Lina Gálve.

The former Prime Minister of Niger, Ibrahim Hassane Mayaki, the political scientist Cristina Monge and the sociologist Bernardino León, son of the diplomat and Secretary General of the Presidency of the Government under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and the PSOE’s data protection delegate, Alberto Cachinero, are also members.

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